By Matthew Brooks
Once upon a time, bands recorded songs in the same room.
Ringo Starr is drumming for a band that is doing things differently. Far and away differently.
Five members of the band record their part of “The Weight” from a different place around the world.
It reportedly took a year and a half to complete the production.
Ringo Starr drums over the phone.
Robbie Robertson played the guitar in Los Angeles, California. Larkin Poe played from Venice, California.
Lucas Nelson offered vocals and guitar work from Texas. Marcus Green also did vocals and guitar work, but he was in South Carolina.
Roberto Luti played in Italy. Char played in Japan. Mermans Mosengo sang from a lush green area of DR Congo. Other artists appeared from other locations, five continents in total are featured in the music video.
The worldwide production was made possible by Playing for Change.
The organization describes itself as “a movement created to inspire and connect the world through music, born from the shared belief that music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people.”
See the video of the global collaboration below.